Tagged: Higher Ed

The Flipped Entrepreneurship Teacher

Let’s “teach” entrepreneurship the way it’s actually done in the real world.

Let’s use self-directed learning, where students have to figure out what to do next rather than giving them a syllabus, assigning them homework, and telling them what to read.

Let’s use trade books and blogs written by entrepreneurs who share personal startup experiences rather than textbooks that propose academic concepts and theories backed up by third-person examples. Continue reading

(Re)Inventing Adult Education

When it comes to education and its reform, adult learning has been – and remains – overlooked. Unlike primary and secondary education, adult ed lacks a designed process, defined structure, and dedicated institutions.

As adults, the only thing we know is why we should learn. We have to figure out on our own what to learn, how to learn, when to learn, and from whom.  As admirable as that may sound, it’s not the most efficient use of our precious time. Adult ed is a highly fragmented and self-directed pursuit and that needs to change.  It can and should have a designed process. Continue reading

The Incongruency of Education and Life

There’s no syllabus for life.

No course objectives, learning outcomes, class schedule, homework, or textbooks. We’re not told when to show up or given a rubric. We don’t get a choice of instructors, access to their office hours, or the topics they believe we should explore.

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To My Students

  1. I believe entrepreneurship can’t be taught but I do believe it can be learned. My job is to help make that happen by being a facilitator, coach, and mentor rather than a teacher. Your job is to help make it happen by telling me how I can help you.

  2. I believe entrepreneurship is learned when it mimics what entrepreneurs go through everyday: ambiguity, change, uncertainty, learning from failure, and celebrating small wins. Taking initiative, making decisions, and asking for help along the way. Having a vision you don’t deviate from and having a plan that you do deviate from. Always iterating and improving because it’s never good enough.

  3. I believe entrepreneurship is learned by doing and thinking. I can “see” the doing based on the work you do but I can’t “see” the thinking. The closest I can come to that is by hearing what you have to say.

  4. I believe in learning together. Each of us has only one brain capable of producing thoughts based on experiences, ideas, and talents. When we share those thoughts with others, everyone learns more. The more brains that share, the more exponential the learning becomes.

  5. I believe learning goes to another level when we’re pushed outside our comfort zone but allowed to stay in our safety zone.

  6. I believe learning is lifelong. What you learn in this course should be useful far and beyond the course, the academic year, and your degree.

  7. I believe I can help make you smarter and better. And it will require both of us to take a leadership role.

Exponential Learning

Here’s one of the worst-kept secrets around: when you learn with others, everyone learns more. Yes, it sounds basic but it’s pretty profound.

When you learn by yourself, it’s all in your head. Anything you take away from the class or book is a conversation you have with yourself. All the thoughts, ideas, ruminating, and problem-solving is created by you and consumed by you. Continue reading